No matter how long you have lived in an apartment, condo or house, you can never know the right way to tackle bed bugs on your own. Bed bugs live in and underneath your comfortable mattress and you often wake up with horrifying rashes over your body. No matter what you do, sleeping will always be a nightmare as long as bed bugs accompany you.
Before you call a professional exterminator for your bed bug problems, it is essential to determine where bed bugs come from. We can help you with identifying bed bugs and controlling them, but before that, let us see how they are “invited” into your home:
Your guests can carry them from their homes to yours
These bugs may hide in cracks and creases of second-hand furniture like sofas, mattresses, and chairs or any wooden furniture
Bed bugs live in old stuff that you keep in the garage or the attic
Clothes and linens from homes that are infested with bed bugs may also bring them to your house
If you are travelling back from a place which is infested with bed bugs, your luggage and bags may also harbour these bugs
Let us now try to understand how you can identify a bed bug if you spot one.
Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on your and your pets’ blood while you sleep. They can easily move from room to room on infested objects.
Physical features: They have an oval, broad, flat body and a short and broad head. Adult bed bugs can be as long as 10 mm. Adult bed bugs are brown but darken to a blood-red colour after feeding. Young bed bugs are shaped like adults but are smaller and lighter in colour. They also darken after feeding.
Life cycle: A female bed bug lays eggs about two to four eggs each day, which hatch in about 6 to 17 days. The eggs have a sticky coating and are laid in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork and other hidden locations. Eggs of bed bugs are white. They are about one millimetre long and are almost impossible to see on most surfaces.
Feeding habits and habitats: Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. They come out at night to feed on both people and pets. They can live from several weeks to up to a year and a half without feeding. They prefer locations where they can hide easily and feed regularly. They are usually found under wallpapers, behind picture frames, in electrical outlets, inside box springs, in mattress pads, and night tables.
Bed bugs bites do not require medical attention. Bed bugs are also not known to spread disease but these bites can be painful and some people may have severe allergic reactions too. Depending on the person, a bed bug bite may take up to 14 days to appear. The bites are usually found on the face, neck, arms, legs, and chest. One should try not to scratch the bites and keep the bite sites as clean as possible. One can also use antiseptic creams or lotions.
It is not very difficult to identify a bed bug bite. Areas that are in contact with the mattress are the most common areas of the skin that are bitten. You can look for the following symptoms:
Bite marks that look like small welts grouped together
Red and itchy marks
Small bloodstains on your pillowcases or mattress covers
Dark spots on the mattress, bed posts, headboards, chairs, sofas, walls. These are bed bug excrements
The foul or musty odour from your mattress and bed
If you are getting bites that you can’t identify, you may want to get inspected. The best choice would be to call a professional exterminator to locate and exterminate bed bugs as soon as possible.
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Why Is My House Infested With Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs do not necessarily thrive in dirty places. Even the cleanest of homes can fall victim to these painful pests. They feed on sleeping humans and pets at night, and during the day they stay hidden in dark, undisturbed areas like inside furniture, baseboards, floorboards, carpets, and even wallpaper. They do not cling to people but often hide in your belongings. You may carry them to your houses from an infested home, hotel, office, hospital, or any other building as well as modes of transportation.
Do Bed Bugs Come Back?
It is quite possible that the bed bugs you are worried about never really left your home. Bed bugs are common in many countries around the world. The use of mild pesticides and international travel can cause the re-introduction of bed bugs in your house.
Bed bugs are amazing at playing hide and seek. They hide in difficult places and only new inspection and control methods are effective for thorough and extensive removal of these pests.
Should I Be Worried About Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs can multiply quickly. A female bed bug lays up to 500 eggs in her lifetime and in just a matter of six months, a few of these pests can turn into a full-on infestation of more than 13,000 bed bugs. Bed bugs can survive for a long time without feeding, so even if you leave, they might not. Therefore, it is better to get professional help to control the infestation.
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